Dr. Deepak Apte
Dr. Deepak Apte is at present the Director of the Bombay Natural History Society. He has a doctorate degree in Marine Ecology. He also acquired post graduate certificates programme at AIT, Bangkok and Duke University, USA. For over 30 years he has been exploring marine life at various parts of Indian coast. Deepak has authored 4 books, 45 peer reviewed publications in the prestigious journals like Nature, Evolution, Systematic and Biodiversity and JMBA (UK) and several popular articles. Deepak is the member of Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board Animal Committee and Executive Committee member of CBD NGO Alliance and UNDP-GOI East Godavari Programme. At present he is heading number of research and conservation programmes in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar and central India.
In 2008, Deepak received prestigious Whitley Award given by the Shears Foundation for his work of establishing community managed marine protected area and saving Giant Clams in Lakshadweep. Recently he received Whitley Continuation Award to do research and conservation of giant clams in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He is a Fellow of the Smithsonian Environmental Leadership Programme, LEAD-India, International Visitors Programme, USA and Duke University Marine Programme. Well travelled to over 50 countries, he has undergone extensive training on sustainable development. Deepak is an excellent underwater photographer and Advance Open Water PADI diver with more than 5000 hours of dive log. He aims to popularize marine biodiversity through research, field expeditions, publication of books.Established full fledge Marine Conservation Programme in BNHS.
Senior Scientific Adviser
Dr. Asad R. Rahmani
Asad R. Rahmani is the Former Director of the Bombay Natural History Society. He joined BNHS in 1980 and worked as Principal Scientist in various projects. In 1991, he joined the Department of Wildlife Science, Aligarh Muslim University, where he worked for six years. In 1997, he rejoined BNHS as Director and retired in July 2015. He has written more than 170 peer-reviewed research papers in national and international journals, 19 books, and numerous popular articles and book reviews. His principal research interest has been conservation of Indian bustards, storks and cranes, and many other threatened species, as well as grassland habitats. He was the Executive Editor of Journal of the BNHS, and Editor of Hornbill and Mistnet. He has been a Ph.D. guide to 10 students, and Principal Investigator of many prestigious projects of the BNHS, including the Important Bird Areas (IBA) Programme of BirdLife International, RSPB, and BNHS.
Membership in Professional Societies
· Global Council member of BirdLife International, UK (2006-2013)
· Chairman, BirdLife Asia Council (2006-2013)
· Member of various Conservation Committees of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change
· Ph.D. Supervisor: Supervised ten Ph.D. studies till now.
· Board members: Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History
· Member: National Board for Wildlife, Government of India, and other committees of the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
- Global Council member of BirdLife International, UK
- Chairman, BirdLife Asia Council
- Member of various Conservation Committees of MoEF, Govt. of India
- IUCN Species Specialist Group, former member
- BirdLife International, UK, Member
- Wetlands International South Asia, New Delhi, Member
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